There is never a dull moment in this house. Having 2 children with Autism brings us lots of surprises, both good and bad. I just have to share two things I found once Hunter and Hayley went to school today.
I was busy straightening up the house before I went to the gym, because the cleaning people were coming. Once finished, I decided to have a fat-free english muffin with sugarless jam for breakfast. When I opened the cabinet to get the english muffins, I jumped back startled because this is what I found………
Yes, headless Barbie bodies and their heads. Except for Ken. For whatever reason, Hayley had a problem with Ken on Sunday and threw his head into the dirt in the backyard and buried it. Hayley has a tendency to set items up and hide them in various places in the house. She often hides the Barbies to surprise me because she must know I had “issues” with dolls when I was little. They were creepy and I felt they would move at night….(another blog). Anyway, I always find this disturbing when I find hidden Barbies and also the fact that Hayley enjoys playing with them in this condition.
Hunter doesn’t really hide things like Hayley, but he often has “set-ups”. It is not uncommon to walk into a room and find a menagerie of stuffed animals, sitting on all the Dining Room chairs, set up on the fireplace mantle, on the second floor of the Library peeking through the spindles etc. Last night we put Hunter to bed and went back downstairs to watch a little tv. After a while we decided to go to bed. Now, outside my bedroom is a floor to ceiling window that gives a nice view of the neighborhood. Hunter loves to sit in front of this window when he is waiting for someone to come over. He can see way down the street. As I approached this window, this is what I found….
Yup, Pikachu and company. Hunter must have gotten up after we went downstairs to set-up the Pokemon group. I didn’t get to ask him about it this morning because we were in a rush for the bus, but I will when he gets home. I am sure he will have an unusual story to tell me like he always does.
I have to laugh at these things and enjoy them. There are so many difficulties with Autism and I tend to get lost in them. But, when Hunter and Hayley come up with some of these oddities, I embrace them and know not all is bad.
Now if someone could tell me why a child would prefer her Barbies headless, please let me know 🙂